Thursday, May 21, 2009 is a travel day for the Mets as they return from the west coast swing of their current road trip. Â Games resume with the opening salvo of inter-league play Friday night at 7:10pm when the Mets visit Fenway Park to begin a 3 game series with the Boston Red Sox.
The pitching match up Friday features Johan Santana (5-2, 1.36)
versus Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 12.76).
Santana is coming off his worst start of this season in which he allowed 4 earned runs, the most earned runs he has allowed since 7/17/08 at Cincinnati. Â He will have had 5 days rest prior to the start. Â This season with 5 days rest Santana is 2-1, 0.45 in 3 starts with a WHIP of 0.80 and a K/BB ratio of 15/1. Â His career record at Fenway Park is 1-3, 6.89 in 15 2/3 innings spread among 3 starts and one relief appearance. Â His most recent appearance at Fenway was 9/21/06, a 6-0 loss by the Twins in which Santana started, allowing 4 runs, 2 earned, over 5 innings.
Matsuzaka has not pitched since 4/14/09 at Oakland, a no-decision in which he allowed 5 earned runs in 1 inning before being removed with a right shoulder strain which landed him on the DL the next day. Â Matsuzaka has never faced the Mets in a regular season game.
Kevin Youkilis returned from the DL Wednesday, and as the Mets arrive the Red Sox finally find themselves able to field the lineup they anticipated using the majority of this season, with
- CF Ellsbury
- 2B Pedroia
- DH Ortiz
- 1B Youkilis
- RF Drew
- LF Bay
- 3B Lowell
- C Varitek
- SS Lugo
which as of Tuesday is a lineup they have only used 3 times so far this season.